What is Advent?

Advent is the season of expectation, hope and celebration of the past, present and future comings of Jesus Christ to the world. Much of the focus is on the prophecy of the coming of the Messiah to Israel and the expectancy of that fulfillment.

The Advent cry is “Come,” even though Emmanuel has come. Jesus has come, presently comes into the hearts of believers through grace and is yet to return. This season is a time of anticipation as the Church makes ready for the coming of the Lord and the celebration of Jesus coming as a babe in Bethlehem. Therefore, Advent embodies a vital element of the Christian faith.

The Advent season has marked the beginning of the Christian Year since the eight century and consists of the four weeks before Christmas. The traditional color is purple which signifies preparation and penitence. The color blue is the contemporary or alternate color used by some denominations during Advent.

-By Dr. Mary Love